If I could pick a night for Dave Williams' best start of the year, it would be this coming Sunday.
The game itself isn't anything momentous, but the Arizona Diamondbacks play in the weakest division in baseball. Every team there believes it's a contender ... and when you're only one game out of first (behind the Colorado Rockies), who's to tell you you're wrong?
Arizona's in a weird spot because it's got young players like Stephen Drew, Carlos Quentin and Chris Young almost ready for the majors and a good bullpen. Yet it has starting pitching woes as large as the Reds, with three starters carrying an ERA over 6.00. Terry Mulholland is also the only lefty on the entire pitching staff.
If Dave Williams can have a big game against the Snakes then that's a team that just might covet his services. Two guys worth pursuing on the franchise are Brandon Medders, a young reliever, and Scott Hairston, a former hot prospect now lost in the shuffle. I think Medders could be a real sleeper as a bullpen fix. Hairston wouldn't have a specific spot on the team at the moment, but he might make for nice trade bait to a club in need of a capable young stick closer to the trading deadling.
Anyway, if there's one team Dave Williams needs to impress, it's the D-Backs.